We’ve known for a while that athletes tend to perform better in the summer months than they do during the winter. Some people have hypothesised that one of the reasons for this is that the higher levels of UV light in the summer increase the body’s production of vitamin D. A 2013 study found that while further research is needed before we can definitively say that vitamin D suplemments directly improve performance, maintaining optimum vitamin D levels should be an important goal for athletes due to its many health benefits.
Sources of vitamin D
One of our main sources of vitamin D is our skin’s reaction to sunlight, and in the UK from early April until the end of September it’s possible to get all the vitamin D we need from being out in the sun. If you spend most of your day indoors or wear clothes that cover up mostPosted: January 31, 2017|
So much has been said about creatine that it’s not surprising that there is some misinformation out there, both in the gym and online. In fact, a lot of the most common Google searches to do with creatine supplements seem to be confused as to what it actually is! With that in mind, it’s understandable if you’re not sure what creatine is made of, how to take it, or whether you can get in trouble for using it. To help you out we’ve answered some of the most common questions people asked in order to clear up some of the confusion.
Is creatine vegan friendly?
Yes! This misunderstanding probably came about because the main dietary sources of creatine are meat, fish, and other animal products. The vast majority of creatine products (and definitely all AMSport products) are made from synthetic creatine, so animal products are not used as a source. It’s a little more complicated than this, but creatine is essentially a methylated compound of the amino acids glycine and aPosted: January 25, 2017|
While the benefits of creatine in improving muscle development have been known for a long time, more recently researchers have started to look into how it can influence the way that your brain functions. Interestingly enough, the more that we learn about it the more it seems that the cognitive benefits of creatine might help to improve performance just as much as its effects on your muscles do.
We’ve already talked at length about how how and why creatine supplements help you put on muscle mass and it has a very similar function for brain cells. Just like muscle cells, brain cells have a small store of phosphocreatine that can be resynthesized as adenosine triphosphate. Your muscles use the energy that ATP provides them to contract, but your brain cells use it to generate the electrical signals that communicate information between different parts of the brain.
The brain is an incredibly thirsty organ energywise, burning through 20% of your body’s total use everyPosted: January 25, 2017|